Jared Kurtz

Jared Kurtz
Major: Natural Resource Planning
Option: Recreation
Environmental Intern
Shawnee Tribe
Miami, OK

Intern learns about governance with Shawnee Tribe

Jared says…

Internship duties? I developed two informational brochures for the Shawnee Tribe – one focused on the tall grass prairie and one focused on the importance of the buffalo in the tall grass prairie. I also worked in the Tribal Office to learn about tribal management. In the field, I was able to work alongside members of the Ottawa and Quapaw Tribes to observe water quality testing at polluted sites.

Best thing about my internship? I had the opportunity to network with people in my tribe; learn more about my tribal background, including taking language classes; and visit a new place very different from where I grew up. This opportunity gave me exposure to Shawnee tribal governance and operations management.

How I found my internship? Because I have always had an interest in working for my people, I wanted to get a summer job with the Shawnee Tribe. Dr. Jacquelyn Bolman from INRSEP knew of my interests and contacted the Shawnee Tribe to see if there were any internships available.

Career Center services used to support my internship search? My career counselor helped me with my resume when I was applying for a previous local internship which led to my involvement with INRSEP, Dr. Bolman, and the Shawnee Tribe internship.

Internship search advice? Examine your interests and start focusing on what you want to do; then seek internship opportunities that fit. It is also important to use your network of connections to develop potential internship opportunities.